NextEra Energy, OPPD begin construction on 160MW wind farm in Nebraska, US


NextEra Energy's subsidiary NextEra Energy Resources and Omaha Power Public District (OPPD) have broken ground on a new 160MW Sholes Wind Energy Center in Wayne and Stanton Counties, Nebraska, US.

The Sholes Wind Energy Center will include 71 GE wind turbines, which are designed to pivot and capture the wind and convert it into clean, renewable energy.

The project will be built, owned and operated by one of NextEra Energy Resources affiliates. The electricity generated from the wind project will be supplied to OPPD under a 20-year power purchase agreement.

NextEra Energy Resources president and CEO Armando Pimentel said: "This project represents a more than $200m investment in Nebraska.

“We are pleased to partner with OPPD to bring low-cost, renewable energy to their customers, and for the tremendous support we have received from the community of Wayne and Stanton Counties, many of whom stand to benefit from the project for years to come."

The Sholes Wind Energy Center is scheduled to begin operations in December this year.

This project is expected to create nearly 200 jobs during the construction phase this year and up to 10 full time jobs during the operational phase of the project.

It could generate more than $30m in property taxes for the counties during the first 30 years of operations and nearly $40m in payments local landowners.

OPPD president and CEO Timothy Burke said: "The inclusion of the Sholes wind farm in OPPD's generation portfolio not only helps us reach our renewables commitments, but will also have a positive economic impact on the surrounding area.

"We look forward to working with NextEra Energy Resources to provide environmentally sensitive electricity to our public power customer-owners."

OPPD is a public power utility formed in 1946 and it is headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska. It serves 833,000 people in a 13 county, 5,000mile2 area of eastern Nebraska.


Image: Wind project. Photo: Courtesy of Carlos Koblischek/

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